Dirty HVAC systems contributing to allergies

Dirty HVAC systems contributing to allergies

CHARDON, OH (WOIO) - A Health Alert: Spring is in full bloom, which means there's an uptick of pollen in the air. For many that means allergies. Heating and cooling experts say you can stay ahead with a simple fix.

"Allergies, pollen, all that stuff is coming into play," said Timothy Neely, operations manager at Debord's Heating & Air Conditioning.

Experts say the trees and flowers bloomed early, in part because of this year's mild winter. So that means there's plenty of pollen floating in the air, in addition to all of the other irritants. It may be time for some spring cleaning in your home.

"This is when we really want to start thinking about what air we're letting come into our house, how we're going to treat that air. I mean they say right now that the air inside our house is up to five times more polluted than the worst outdoor air," said Neely.

A survey conducted by Direct Energy shows only about half of U.S. homeowners had their HVAC systems maintained within the last 12 months, which means many people are breathing in a year's worth of pollen, dirt and dust trapped in the system.

Workers at Debord's say changing the air filter every three months isn't enough. They recommend three main steps to improve air quality and filtration in your home.

Is just one step enough?

"You can do just one step at a time, but obviously to get the best quality air, do at least the three things: UV light, the HEPA filter and a micro-power guard -- in this case, an electronic cleaner," said Neely.

So with summer on the way, servicing your system outside and inside could improve your quality of life.

"Nobody wants to be breathing these things. In here it says, how many things do you want out of your home? Because these things are in all of our homes, so unless you're doing something to remove them, it's a pretty high priority," said Neely.

For information about an inspection, you can click here or call 440-286-1004 or toll free at 888-333-8888.

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